ASUS PB287Q Review

ASUS comes out with a reasonably priced 4K consumer grade monitor.

You hear it everywhere… 4K this… 4K that, so what’s the big deal?  Well depending on what you do, it may not matter much, especially for your computer.

[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Personal Background” header_color=”#81d742″]4K on a computer screen, yes will let you watch 4K movies in their native resolution (provided you have a graphics card and connectivity that will allow for it), but it also can give some productivity depending on what do you do on your computer.

For me, working with video, it’s like I never have enough space to put all the windows I might be using, so even with a dual screen set up at 1080, you find yourself overlaying window ontop of window.  Getting larger screens doesn’t really help since the resolution stays the same, all it does it makes everything bigger.

With 4K, you get 4 times the resolution of 1080p… which technically means if your monitor is the same size, then everything looks 1/4 the size as what it used to be.  But in some cases that’s not such a big deal.  So with this new ASUS monitor I can fit 4 times more stuff on one monitor.  In Premiere Pro that helps a lot, since now I can have multiple timeline panels open at once and have the monitor and effects tabs spread out rather than overlaying on top of each other.

[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”Monitor Review” header_color=”#81d742″]Now going to the specifics of this particular monitor… I came from using a pair of ASUS VN279QLs.  Those 1080p monitors with their slim bezel and pretty sharp text and picture quality made me like them for a long time.  But I wanted more space on my screen.  I figured the ASUS PB287Q would be a comparable monitor and assuming since it’s the same brand I would get similar results…

Well, sort of…

So the PB287Q actually is nicely made.  The monitor base is rectangular and pretty sturdy considering it’s only being held in by 2 clips and one thumb screw.  It doesn’t wobble very much and isn’t overly heavy at about 22lbs, but not so light that it’ll fall over.

Considering I had two 27″ monitors, you would think a 28″ doesn’t make that much of a difference… but it actually does.  The bezel on the PB287Q is bigger than what’s on the VN279QL (darn), but not to the point where it’s over bearing.  The width is a bit wider since the diagonal is an inch bigger (apparent if you know that monitors are measured diagonally).

Colorwise, the PB287Q is on the warmer side, so colors a appear more on the yellow-ish side than on the blue side which is how the VN279QL is.  I actually prefer the blue light (even though it supposedly makes you stay awake more).  You can mimic the effect by doing some painful adjustments to the color levels or use the preset Cool mode which comes about 50% of the way there.  Having the two monitors side by side you can notice the different immediately and since my preference is the blueish color, my eyes shift to that one.  Which means I’ll have to do some adjustments to the 4K monitor.

But is that a bad thing?  Actually it might not be since supposedly this monitor is supposed to be pretty accurate in terms of color representation.  Now I’m colorblind so it’s a bit hard for me to make that determination but I can see the difference in the more yellow vs blue so there’s a difference there.  And if you want true blacks… well the PB287Q can come close to black but it takes some adjustments.  Out of the box, it’s actually more of a milky dark gray.  But after about 30 minutes of fussing, I got it to some acceptable levels.

The thing about this monitor that just baffles me, is why would you set the default DisplayPort mode to 1.1?  I mean I can kinda understand it from a compatibility standpoint, but cmon…  you’re going to have more people saying… “why doesn’t it show up in 60Hz” than you would, why doesn’t it turn on… though I guess showing something is better than it saying No Source… but that’s just me.  So be sure you get a DP 1.2 rated cable (as the one included… may or may not be…) and don’t rely on the HDMI ports since none of then can do 4k at 60Hz (they can only do 4K at 30Hz).

The other thing is, the default brightness and contrast settings are set at like 90.  I was like.. damn these monitors are bright.. and then I saw why.  But granted at that level of brightness, you’re like wow this is nice, but then you eyes get tired after a while.

Other than that the monitor performs as you would expect once you tinker with it enough both on the monitor side and on your operating system side.

Text might be too microscopic for some, but that’s what scaling is for (either in the OS or through third party software), and then you can get your text to appear at reasonable levels.   For me about 125% is enough for most things, but if you’re trying to read a lot, 150% might be easier even though it may make you wonder if you need to get your eyes checked.

Some people have mentioned there is some tearing or stuttering, but I haven’t noticed anything yet.  It might be their setting is wrong on the DisplayPort, or they’re using the HDMI input which only supports 30Hz at full 4K.

There is some weird color effects on the extremes of the monitors where it appears more on the burnt side (well I mean it’s like it’s more yellow than what you would expect).  Either that or it’s my eyes trying to adjust between all the stuff I’ve been putting on the screen and it not being used to the not as blue tinged backgrounds.

All in all it’s a great large monitor with a decent price point (around $500).  Granted you can get a full blown TV at that price sometimes, but if you want one that can manage as a computer monitor for gaming (I mean 1ms response time on this one is nice; vs 7-10+ on a regular TV), this is surely the way to go.  While the settings out of the box aren’t the most ideal, with some work and patience you can probably get it to be where you want it to be.

You’re probably wondering why are there no pictures… well… it’s hard to show the true representation of the monitor’s output using a picture since how the camera captures the image isn’t necessarily the same as how it would be perceived in person, so sorry, just have to see it in person somewhere to get it accurate.[/td_block_text_with_title]

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While it's easy to physically set up, to get the monitor settings just the way you would probably want it takes time. Default settings leave experienced people scratching their heads and colors are a bit on the warm side. Lack of HDMI 2.0 is a bit weird too but it is actually a 2 year old monitor. But for it's size, features included and price point, this monitor is a definite buy for someone looking for a 4K monitor for general gaming, basic (not exact) photography/graphics work or just want more screen real estate.

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